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Heratis want early end to nighttime telecom blackout

Heratis want early end to nighttime telecom blackout

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:23

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Some residents of the western Herat province are complaining about no telecom services at night in many districts, urging an early solution to the inconvenience.

Telecom services are suspended from 8:00pm to 6:00am on a daily basis in Shindand, Zirkoh, Pashtonkoh, Zawal, Koh Zor, Adraskan, Pashtuninfo-icon Zarghon, Obe, Karukh and Kushki Kohana districts, the residents say.

Abdul Majid, a shopkeeper in Shindand district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the suspension telecom services at night had created serious problems for residents of areas under the Talibaninfo-icon over the past few years.

Sharif Ahmad, another resident of the same district, said the telecom blackout had been ongoing over the past few years and no one had so far paid attention to it.

He said suspension of telecom services at nighttime created many problems for people.

Javed Aziz, a resident of Karukh district, said telecom companies used to switch off their antennas at night form 10:00pm to 6:00am, disconnecting district’s residents.

Ghulam Mahboob Hashami, a resident of the Obe district, expressed similar views and urged the government to resolve the issue.

Aziz Rahman Tayyib, the provincial Information and Technology Department’s acting director, told Pajhwok that there were currently 500 towers of telecom services in the province and some of them were switched off at night for security reasons.

Meanwhile, a member of the Afghanistaninfo-icon Telecommunications Regulatory Board verified the Taliban insurgents had imposed ban on nighttime telecom service in these districts.

He said the Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT) had signed a contract regarding security control of telecom companies’ antennas in 2011, but it seemed security forces were not doing their job well.

But Abdul Wahid Walizadah, the provincial police spokesman, told Pajhwok maintaining security of telecom antennas’ was the duty of public order police and not the national police.

Jilani Farhad, the governor’s spokesman, said telecom companies’ antennas faced security threats in all provinces.

He added security organizations had been trying to protect installations of all telecom companies.

Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Board officials say 70 telecom companies’ antennas have been facing security threatens over the past two years and 13 antennas have been destroyed so far.



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